Rating: 4/5

“Kalki 2898 AD” plunges viewers into a post-apocalyptic future, blending Indian mythology with cutting-edge science fiction under the visionary direction of Nag Ashwin. Set in a world bereft of nature and steeped in darkness, the film intricately weaves together fiction and the Kalki Purana, earning it a well-deserved 4-star rating.


At its heart, “Kalki 2898 AD” narrates the tale of Vishnu’s tenth incarnation arriving in a futuristic landscape. Spanning over three gripping hours, the film dazzles with its ambitious premise, though it occasionally overwhelms and tires the audience. Amidst its dystopian setting and mythological grandeur, the narrative introduces a multitude of characters and cameos, challenging viewers to unravel their significance.


The story unfolds in Kasi, the last surviving city in a ravaged world in the year 2898 AD. Ruled by Supreme Yaskin (portrayed by Kamal Hassan) from the towering ‘Complex’, humanity faces oppression as women like SUM80 (played by Deepika Padukone) are captured by his regime.

Flashbacks transport the narrative to 3102 BC, where ancient conflicts akin to the Mahabharata’s Kauravas and Pandavas shape the destiny of characters like Ashwathamma (Amitabh Bachchan), cursed by Lord Krishna (Krishnakumar/Arjun Das) to wander until the return of Vishnu’s final avatar.

In the dystopian remnants of Earth, Kasi stands overshadowed by the Complex—a symbol of tyranny and desperation. Amidst societal decay, factions like the residents of Shambhala plan resistance, while enigmatic figures such as the formidable bounty hunter Bhairava (depicted by Prabhas) navigate intricate alliances and newfound responsibilities.


Prabhas delivers a compelling portrayal as Kalki, anchoring the film with nuanced intensity. Deepika Padukone’s presence adds depth, while Amitabh Bachchan commands the screen with his portrayal of the mythic Ashwatthama.


“Kalki 2898 AD” emerges as a trailblazing cinematic achievement, setting a new standard for Indian cinema by seamlessly merging ancient lore with futuristic spectacle. With its captivating blend of mythological intrigue and visionary storytelling, the film captivates audiences, heralding a bold new era in Indian filmmaking.

Written By : Indori Nerd

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